Chris Chope chases the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the process and consideration of local views regarding Dorset Footpaths:
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Planning Inspectorate received the revised Habitats Regulations Assessment from Natural England in respect of proposals for the coastal path between Kimmeridge and Highcliffe; whether there will be a public inquiry into the issues raised; and whether representations and objections raised within the last three years will be taken into account in any such inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
Defra received the outcome of the revised Habitats Regulations Assessment from Natural England in respect of proposals for the coastal path between Kimmeridge and Highcliffe on 3 March 2021. We will pass the revised Habitats Regulations Assessment to the Planning Inspectorate in due course, so that it can be considered as part of their investigation into the objections relating to this stretch.
As stated in the ministerial response of 11 February 2021 and 23 March 2021, the Planning Inspectorate plays an independent role in the determination of objections relating to stretches of the England Coast Path. The way in which this is taken forward is a decision for the inspector appointed to investigate the objections. It would not be appropriate for the Secretary of State to comment on this process, including as to whether a public inquiry will be undertaken.
The Secretary of State will comment on the proposals, objections and representations when making his determination on the approval of the stretch.
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This discourse follows on from earlier items raised on this matter by Chris.
23rd March 2021 Chris Chope Seeks Clarification on Footpaths Public Enquiry
8th February 2021 Sir Chris's Written Question: Public Footpaths in Christchurch